Defi Online

Defiance College's RN-to-BSN is a degree-completion program designed for actively-licensed nurses who have an associate degree or diploma from an accredited nursing school.

Colleges of Distinction: Nursing Program

The DefiOnline RN-to-BSN advantage:

*RN-to-BSN major courses within the 30 credit hour residency requirement are offered 100% online at the $250 per credit hour tuition rate. Additional requirements for degree conferral per Defiance College policy may not be offered online and are subject to undergraduate tuition rates.



  • Completed application for admission (if you were previously enrolled at Defiance College, complete the online re-enrollment application). 
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Student must hold valid nursing license prior to enrolling in NRS 476 Community NRS Clinical

The 100% online RN-to-BSN completion program was developed to promote nursing education that is affordable, accessible, provides maximum transference of credits, and supports the RWJF and IOM benchmark that 80% of RNs will have their baccalaureate degree.

Program Requirements  |  FAQ  |  RN-to-BSN Student Handbook  (PDF)  |  RN-to-BSN Preceptor Guide (PDF)

DefiOnline programs are not eligible for merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships will be awarded to full-time undergraduate day students enrolling in twelve credits or more per academic semester.
Just starting your RN? Check out our 1+2+1 undergraduate nursing program!Three nurses - two female, one male - dressed in blue scrubs, standing in a hallway, and smiling at the camera.


At Defiance College, the baccalaureate degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; phone: 202-887-6791.

The associate degree nursing programs at Northwest State Community Collegeand Rhodes State College are fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. (NLN contact: 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone: 404-975-5000; fax: 404-975-5020).


Heidi DeSota, DNP, RN